We’ve got quite a lot of great Cozy Mystery news this month, with six entries about site authors!
First up, Mollie Cox Bryan will be writing Tangled Web, the story of a Shakespearean professor who wants to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. I’m not sure (yet!) whether this will be a stand-alone mystery novel or the beginning of a new series. (I sure hope it’s the beginning of a new series!) Bryan also writes the Cora Crafts Mystery Series, the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series, the Classic Star Biography Mystery Series – which just made its debut in May, and the Buttermilk Creek Mystery Series – which will be debuting with a Christmas themed mystery this September.
Here’s some fantastic news for those of us who are knitting and Cozy Mystery lovers! Mary Ellen Hughes will be starting a new series with A Wicked Yarn, the first of at least three books starring a knitting enthusiast and her knitting circle (the Ninth Street Knitters) in small-town Pennsylvania. (The not so great news is that Mary Ellen Hughes will be writing this series as Emmie Caldwell – yes another name for us to keep track of… ) Hughes also writes the Keepsake Cove Mystery Series, the Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series, the Craft Corner Mystery Series, and the Maggie Olenski Mystery Series.
Susan Elia MacNeal will be continuing her Maggie Hope Mystery Series for at least another three entries. The sleuth, Maggie, is an American typist in 1940s London, and is MacNeal’s sole series. The first book in this series was nominated for both the Edgar and Dilys awards. Also, two of her Maggie Hope mysteries were nominated for the Agatha Awards Best Historical mysteries category. So it’s pretty terrific to know Maggie will continue sleuthing at least three more times!
Carol J. Perry will be continuing the Witch City Mystery Series with three more books. That’s right – we’ll be sleuthing again in Salem, Massachusetts with WICH-TV reporter Lee Barrett. This paranormal series also features O’Ryan, the cat Lee inherited, and O’Ryan just may have some magical powers of his own! Carol J. Perry will also be starting a new paranormal mystery series called the Haunted Haven series in the near future. I’ll keep you posted on that series (which will also be a paranormal series) when I find out more.
Deanna Raybourn will be writing two more mysteries in her Veronica Speedwell Mystery Series, bringing the series to a total of seven entries. Veronica Speedwell is a Victorian sleuth who is a world traveler/adventuress seeking scientific answers, as well as the answers to crimes! Raybourn released her fourth Veronica Speedwell mystery (A Dangerous Collaboration) in March of this year and we can expect the fifth (A Murderous Relation) next March. Deanna Raybourn is also the author of the Lady Julia Grey Mystery Series. Lady Julia is a widow who also lives in Victorian England.
Finally, this isn’t exactly a Cozy release, but it’s still worth mentioning that Kathy Reichs will be returning to the Temperance Brennan Mystery Series after a five year hiatus with the 19th novel-length entry in that series, A Conspiracy of Bones. That should be great news for any fans of the Bones television series, which was based upon the series! Again, this series isn’t quite Cozy, but a lot of us who use this site enjoy her books and New York Times bestselling Reichs is on the site, so I’ve decided to mention it here.
Wow! That’s a great list of news to be able to share all at once! I hope everyone has at least one thing mentioned that they can be excited about!